After the excesses of Christmas and the harshness of winter on your skin, the New Year is an excellent time to give your body a little TLC. It’s never a bad time to indulge in some little luxuries that will make you both look and feel your very best.
Here are a few of my favourite beauty buys; some are staples I’ve been using a while, and others I’m a new convert to.
I’m not brand-loyal when it comes to beauty products; I find it’s often best to experiment until you find the products that suit your skin and your personal requirements. These might not work as well for your body as they do for mine, so consider them starting points rather than a list of commandments!
Pai Rosehip Bio-Regenerate Oil
I discovered this after signing up for a free sample a few months back. After a week’s worth of application at night, I’d ordered a full sized bottle. This nutrient-rich serum soaks quickly into freshly cleansed skin, never feeling greasy, and it just works absolute miracles. I found it evened out my skin tone, eased my hormonal breakouts and stopped my face feeling so dull and dry in the winter weather. I have combination skin, so I use a few drops every other night and that’s sufficient, though those with drier skin can mix it in with moisturiser for a real skin treat. It also smells divine!
Lush Strawberry De-Fluff Shaving Cream
Now, shaving is not my favourite activity. It would easily be a contender for my top 10 ‘things I resent doing but endure regardless’ (along with waking up early and eating peas), and I absolutely applaud anyone who keeps all their natural body hair, but personally I feel more comfortable when I have smooth(ish) underarms and legs. What can make this task more pleasurable; an indulgence rather than a grim obligation? Lush’s thick strawberry shaving cream, that’s what. This stuff smells good enough to eat (don’t), and it is extremely gentle on the skin. It’s far more effective and pleasant than any of the harsh chemical products available elsewhere and is a glorious shade of pink. I’m never without a pot, and won’t even consider any other shaving cream.
Soap and Glory SUPERCAT Black Ink Eyeliner
Anyone who knows me will recognise this as part of my signature look; any day that I’m not sporting cat’s eye flicks is a write-off. This eyeliner is like a felt tip pen for your eyes; super easy to apply, a glossy black look and beautifully precise. No more messing about with applicator wands, or pulling at the delicate skin around your eyes with blunt kohl pencil, I swear by Supercat as an eye make-up essential. Each pen lasts ages too! Another staple of my beauty arsenal that I pray will never be discontinued.
Having eyed Besame’s gorgeous vintage-inspired products for a while, I was bought my first lipstick from the based company for my last birthday and it is honestly a stunner. I always get comments when I wear this lipstick; it’s a true deep red, and it always sparks interest when I say it’s the same lipstick worn by Marvel’s Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) – I can’t abandon my nerd cred even when it comes to make-up! Besame prides itself on using historically accurate lipstick colours as worn by
classic Hollywood starlets which is great for a vintage pin-up enthusiast like myself; it has shades ranging from the Gatsby-esque 20s to the 70s, through the glamorous reds of the 30s and 40s. It’s a longwearing lipstick that packs an amazing punch; it’s kiss-proof in my experience, and even the tube it comes in is gorgeously sumptuous (a gold bullet shape with red floral detailing). A complete show-stopper!
Talking of cute and vintage, this is a timeless range of blush that has been a beauty staple for nearly 150 years. Bourjois blush pots are dainty and immensely appealing; they fit in the palm of your hand, and contain an orb of blush powder, a tiny brush and a mirror locked behind a neat button-activated lid. The blush itself is both light and subtle, but builds up effectively, allowing you to have the level of shade you fancy. There are 12 shades, with my personal favourite being the soft pink Rose de Jaspe (and not just because of Steven Universe!).
Words: Heidi Teague